Heading into the first full week of KC Royals spring training workouts, with games beginning on Friday, the team has a few minor injuries.
- Lefty Everett Teaford is still sidelined with a sore throwing shoulder, but he is supposed to throw on Tuesday (fingers crossed). Outfielder Lorenzo Cain, who is no stranger to injuries, is battling a hand injury.
- Danny Duffy is supposed to make his third trip to the mound this spring. Meanwhile, Felipe Paulino is a little behind his teammate in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. He won’t throw his first bullpen session for another week.
- Manager Ned Yost has made the intrasquad games on Tuesday and Wednesday interesting. With the World Baseball Classic looming, the Royals will have their own WBC competition. On Tuesday, it will be an all-Latin team versus the US. The same will happen on Wednesday, except they do not have enough Latin pitchers, so someone will have to switch sides.
Bruce Chen will start for the World on Tuesday, followed by Luis Mendoza, Kelvin Herrera, Guillermo Moscoso, Francisley Bueno, Sugar Ray Marimon and Noel Arguelles. Nate Adcock will start for the USA, followed by Tim Collins, Michael Mariot, Chris Dwyer, Blaine Boyer and Donnie Joseph.
On Wednesday, Luke Hochevar will start for the USA, followed by Greg Holland, Dan Wheeler, Louis Coleman and Ryan Verdugo. John Lamb will start for the World, followed by Aaron Crow, J.C. Gutierrez, Brian Sanches and Atahualpa Severino.
- Click HERE to take a video tour of the Royals Surprise spring training complex.
- In Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star’s daily Q & A, he answers questions ranging from Cain‘s injury to Eris Hosmer’s swing.
- How do you think the Royals should handle their fifth starter? Kings of Kauffman editor Mike Engel gives you a creative idea.